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By Dentisty 4 You
March 19, 2016
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EdenSherandtheLostRetainer

Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!

If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.

If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?

As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.

And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!

If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?


By Dentistry 4 You
March 18, 2016
Category:
Tags: veneers  

If the imperfections in your teeth concern you, you could benefit from dental veneers. This fast, easy and effective procedure, completed in only about two dental visits, instantly rejuvenates your smile. Learn more about repairing and reviving your smile with help from your Suwanee, GA dentists at Dentistry 4 You.Veneers

What are dental veneers? 
Dental veneers are ultra-thin ceramic shells which fit over the front of the teeth to mask imperfections and abnormalities. Veneers are most often made from porcelain. Its translucent and light-reflecting characteristics make porcelain the perfect material for dental restorations. A dental laboratory customizes each veneer separately based on a mold of your mouth. This ensures that your veneers blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth. Depending on the type of veneer you and your dentist agree on, the teeth may need to be prepared to receive the veneers though this is not necessary with “no-prep” veneers.

How can a veneer change my smile? 
Veneers repair the following imperfections:

  • chipped teeth
  • cracked teeth
  • discolored or stained teeth
  • small gaps
  • slightly overlapping teeth
  • uneven teeth

While veneers revive your smile in many ways, they do have some limitations. Some patients, such as those with large gaps or very misaligned or overlapped teeth, benefit more from orthodontic treatment like braces. Your dentist can help you determine if veneers are right for you and your teeth.

Caring for Your Veneers
Veneers are made to look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. This makes caring for veneers is as simple as your normal at-home oral care routine. Brush twice daily and floss at least once to keep both your teeth and your veneers healthy and free of tooth decay-causing plaque. Seeing your dentist at least twice a year ensures that your teeth stay healthy and any potential issues are caught and treated early. Patients who grind their teeth at night may need to wear a night guard to keep their teeth and veneers from wearing down over time.

For more information on dental veneers, please contact Drs. Uday and Shetal Parikh at Dentistry 4 You in Suwanee, GA. Call (678) 971-1150 to schedule your consultation for veneers today!


By Dentistry 4 You
March 04, 2016
Category:
Tags: Snap-on Smile  

Do you feel that your confidence would be through the roof if you could snap your fingers and eliminate the imperfections in your teeth? With a Snap-on Smile, you can do just that. Achieving your own version of the perfect smile is possible with help from your Suwanee, GA dentist. Simply ask your dentist about Lumineers.Snap on Smile

What are Lumineers? 
Similar to traditional veneers, Lumineers are thin porcelain shells which fit over the fronts of the teeth. A dental laboratory crafts Lumineers customized especially for your smile. This ensures the perfect fit and most natural look. Lumineers are made to last, being durable enough to last over 20 years.

What is the difference between Lumineers and traditional veneers? 
Perhaps the biggest difference is that Lumineers are approximately 0.2 millimeters thick, about half the thickness of traditional veneers. When placing traditional veneers, your Suwanee dentist must prepare the tooth by shaving a small amount of enamel from the front. Lumineers require no preparation and no dental drills. Cutting out this step of the process saves on time and allows Lumineers to be placed without any damage to the natural tooth. This also means that, if necessary, Lumineers are completely reversible. Additionally, the material from which Lumineers are made is highly translucent, allowing the most natural appearance possible.

Are Lumineers right for me? 
If you have one of the following imperfections in your smile, you could benefit from Lumineers:

  • chipped teeth
  • cracked teeth
  • heavily stained or discolored teeth
  • gaps or overlaps
  • slightly crowded teeth

Furthermore, Lumineers can renew old dental restorations like crowns which have remained their original color while the teeth around it have changed. Slightly crooked teeth may be corrected using Lumineers though they do not replace the need for necessary orthodontic treatment. Lumineers can also change the length of the teeth and line up uneven teeth.

For more information on Lumineers, please contact your dentist at Dentistry 4 You in Suwanee, GA. Call (678) 804-7405 to speak with an associate about scheduling your consultation for Lumineers today!


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Restoring a smile with implants involves more than the surgical procedure itself. We must also take into consideration the quality of the bone they’re placed into and the gums that will surround them — the “canvas” that showcases your new beautiful smile.

Bone — not only at the missing tooth site but supporting neighboring teeth as well — is the foundation for a successful implant. Without an adequate amount of bone, we can’t place an implant to achieve a final life-like appearance. Inadequate bone can be a problem if the tooth has been missing for awhile — without the stimulation of biting forces from the tooth, the bone can shrink gradually over time. Periodontal (gum) disease and other dental conditions can also cause bone loss.

The health of your gums — as well as the tissue type you’ve inherited from your parents, thin or thick — can also determine how natural the implant crown looks as it emerges from them. If they’ve receded due to gum disease they may not regenerate sufficiently, making your teeth longer-looking or leaving the triangular bit of gum tissue between the teeth, the papillae, noticeably missing. If you’ve inherited thin tissue gums, you’re also more susceptible to gum recession and there’s less margin for error during implant surgery.

There are some things we can do to minimize these problems. Tooth removal to make room for the new implant needs to be done carefully with as little tissue trauma as possible; it’s also helpful to place grafting material in the empty socket immediately after extraction, especially if there’s going to be a time gap before implant placement. If bone loss has already occurred, we can also use similar grafting techniques to rebuild the bone.

Likewise we need to take special care during implant surgery when dealing with thin or diseased gums. With the latter, it’s usually necessary to bring the gum disease under control and allow the gums to heal first. In extreme cases, cosmetic gum surgery may also help restore lost tissues and create a more natural look between the gums and the implant crown.

Creating a natural appearance with implants is a blend of technical skill and artistic insight. Keeping the balance between all these factors will produce a smile you’ll be proud to show.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Matching Teeth & Implants.”